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West Michigan schools receive federal improvement grants

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Twenty-eight of Michigan's lowest achieving schools have been awarded federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to help them increase student achievement, including seven schools in West Michigan.

The funds are from the federal School Improvement Grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) signed into law by President Barack Obama last year.

In West Michigan, the schools getting grants are:

Calvin Streetfest working in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Bands of new students fanned out across Grand Rapids this afternoon.

Calvin College's entire incoming freshman and transfer class are working across Grand Rapids on one of 55 service projects. Future students are doing everything from cleaning at local schools to working on Habitat for Humanity projects.

The program, called Streetfest, allows new students to see some of the challenges facing the area while working with the community to help address the issues.

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary celebrates opening of new building

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Students at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School will walk through brand new halls this fall. Thursday night, for the first time, the public can tour the school's new Iroquois campus.

School tours and an ice cream social will help kick off the celebration. It's the community's first chance to see first hand a project that, for the past couple of years, has drawn lots of controversy and excitement.

The new building may not look much like the old Ottawa Hills High School that once stood in its place, but according to school superintendent Tom DeJonge, it still retains many of the same features.

Fun, free and frugal events for families in Grand Rapids September 1-7

I am guessing that since school is finally starting in Grand Rapids, most of you don’t need suggestions for how to keep busy this week; but I’m going to give you one anyway. 

It’s what I do.

August & Summer 2010 Weather Stats

Grand Rapids

Temperatures last month averaged 74.9°F, 5.5°F above average, and 5.9°F warmer than last year (69.0°F), making it the sixth warmest August on record, and the warmest since 1959 (75.5°F). Twenty seven days were warmer than usual; three were cooler, and one was average. The highest temperature occurred on August 29 with 93°F while the lowest temperature occurred on August 27 with 51°F. Temperatures for the summer season (June, July and August) averaged 73.2°F, 3.9°F above average, and 5.3°F warmer than last summer, tying for the fifth warmest summer on record, and the warmest since 1934 (73.3°F).

Grand Rapids store looks to stop 'mancession'

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-The Men's Wearhouse in Grand Rapids is trying to help end what it's calling the 'mancession.'

The company says the nation's economic downturn has hit men especially hard; 82 percent of all jobs lost were held by men. It says nearly ten percent of unemployed men can't afford a nice suit to make the right first impression on potential employers.

That's why the Men's Wearhouse kicked off a national suit drive Wednesday, collecting professional attire for men and women.

"It's nice to have the guys look good when they go in for their interviews," says Dan Spoelstra, who is the assistant manager at Men's Wearhouse in Grand Rapids. "It's always good to have them make a good first impression on an employer and it makes the guys feel better as well."

The clothing will be donated to more than 200 charities nationwide, including In the Image in Grand Rapids. The drive runs through September.

Cornerstone University students are welcomed in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Hundreds of students are back in Grand Rapids ahead of a new school year.  Cornerstone University welcomed back more than 400 students Wednesday.  Organizers helped them move into their new home.  This year's class comes from 20 states and 14 nations.

Cornerstone University President Joe Stowell says, "Every class is different, but every class is valued.  Every one of these lives have been prepared to come and experience Cornerstone University so we value them individually and we're thrilled to have them as a class"

Classes at Cornerstone will begin next Wednesday.